The turtles themselves may look prettier, but are no smarter; torn irreparably from their countercultural roots, our superheroes on the half shell have been firmly co-opted by the industry their creators once sought to spoof.
Unlikely to achieve BFF status with the MMORPG set, this CGI feature is light on the LOL factor, heavy on the ADD action scenes, and, like, TOOIFM (Totally Out Of Its Freakin' Mind).
The animated fight scenes are both beautiful and realistic. You forget you're watching a computer-animated feature. In a film about ninja turtles, you couldn't really ask for anything more. Other than perhaps a sequel, that is.
Now and then one character accuses another of glorifying violence, 'that brute vigilante junk.' Talk about hypocrisy: Without the brute vigilante junk, this 82-minute picture would be approximately 2 minutes long.
Ditching the cheeky, self-aware wink that helped to excuse the concept's inherent corniness, the movie attempts to look polished and 'cool,' but the been-there animation can't compete with the then-cutting-edge puppetry of the 1990 live-action movie.
It has a dreadful Ghostbusters-Stargate plot, virtually no decent jokes, but toss in a little digital skateboarding, a lot of digital swordfighting (gunplay, too), a couple of 'Cowabungas,' and you've got yourself a hit. They hope.
Despite the doll-like cartoonishness of the human figures (O Pixar, what hast thou wrought?), the filmmakers seem to expect us to take this animated romp seriously. Too seriously.